Monthly Archives: June 2018

#ALP: Weather

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#ALP: Weather

Are you happiest when it rains? Or do you need sunshine to be content? Hot? Cold? Let it snow? Has the weather ever caused a real challenge for you?

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Wordless Wednesday/ Flower of the Day: Hibiscus

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Doing double duty with Cee’s Flower of the Day.

#ALP: Broadway

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#ALP: Broadway

What’s your favorite musical? Hamilton? South Pacific? Lion King? Hello, Dolly? Did you ever perform in a musical? If you were to write a musical, what would the plot be? What style of music? What would the dancers’ costumes be like? Minimalist sets, or lavish scenery?

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Best Websites for Folk Dancers

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If you’ve been reading ARHtistic License, you know I’m an avid folk dancer (though I’m out of commission right now, due to arthritis—hip replacement surgery coming up soon). Besides being fun, it’s excellent exercise, especially for the brain. Folk dancing celebrates culture and beauty. It also necessarily involves one of my other loves—music.

Serbian folk dancers

Because it’s one of my passions, I regularly scour the internet looking for dances, dance instructions, and folk costumes. Here are some of the best resources I’ve found:

  • Folk Dance Musings. Curated by Andrew Carnie, this is the #1 best resource I’ve found for dance videos and dance instructions. The alphabetical list includes hundreds of dances from countries all over the world. Carnie embeds videos and gives detailed instructions, names the music commonly used for the dance, and often gives a brief history of the choreography. He also provides links for further information.
  • Folk Dance Federation of California. Lists dance events happening in California, plus instructions for many dances, and other resources.
  • Folk Dance Federation of California, South. Includes an extensive bibliography on folk dancing, and complete texts of many articles.
  • Phoenix International Folk Dancers. This is the group I dance with. Check it and the PIFD Facebook page if you’re in (or planning to visit) the greater Phoenix area. Come dance with us!
  • YouTube, of course, is the place to look for folk dance videos. Roy Butler has posted hundreds.
  • Pinterest is another source for folk dance visuals. Two places to try: my Folk Dance Costumes board and my Folk Dance Videos board.

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#ALP: Family Album

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#ALP: Family Album

How do you keep your family photos? Scrapbook, shoe box, framed on the mantel? Digitally on your computer? On a website? On the cloud? What are the advantages or disadvantages to your method?

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Monday Morning Wisdom #160

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Monday Morning Wisdom #160

The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
~James Crook

#ALP: Wedding Bells

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#ALP: Wedding Bells

Is marriage an out-dated institution? What qualities would your ideal spouse have? What would the perfect wedding look like? Where would you go on your dream honeymoon? How many times have you been married?

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